Waterloo Regional Police Horseback

Waterloo Regional Police Constable Rebecca Lava rides "Watson" and Constable Tim Pedersen rides "King". The WRPS is disbanding the mounted unit as of April 1 due to budgetary concerns. (Waterloo Regional Police Service)

Spotting officers on horseback riding down King Street in Kitchener or mingling with crowds at summer festivals will soon be a thing of the past. 

The Waterloo Regional Police Service says its mounted patrol unit will be disbanded as of April 1st. 

The decision was made for budgetary reasons, according to a news release from the police department, but the force didn't reveal how much the mounted unit costs.

The release did indicate that the savings were mostly long-term, and included line items like maintenance and training costs.

Waterloo Regional Police Chief Matt Torigian says it was a difficult, but necessary decision. 

According to the news release, the police services board and the police force will make a joint decision on the retirement of the horses.